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Operation Lone Star is ramping up, busing migrants without valid asylum claims to sanctuary cities

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The term ‘sanctuary cities’ should be used lightly. Democrats are trying to get away with simply saying they are sanctuary cities without having to actually be sanctuary cities. As proof, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and New York City Mayor Eric Adams are furious that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has bused nearly 1,500 migrants to New York City since August 5th, and 7,400 to Washington, DC since April.

“The majority coming in are believed to not have valid asylum claims, are bypassing federal immigration law, and instead of being deported are being released into the U.S. under new Biden administration policies, attorneys general who’ve sued the administration argue” reports The Center Square.

Of the roughly 5,000 migrants crossing the border that agents encounter in Texas everyday, Abbott says he is shipping them to the sanctuary cities instead of overwhelming the border communities. Operation Lone Star was initiated in March 2021 and “continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott said.

“Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Biden’s open border policies.”

Roughly 5 million people from over 150 countries have entered the U.S. illegally, including “gotaways,” since Biden took office, according to data published by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and information provided by a Border Patrol agent to The Center Square. Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has significantly altered federal immigration policies, making it much easier, and without consequence, to enter the United States illegally.

Texas had over 100,000 apprehensions last month alone. The numbers exclude the tens of thousands of “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement as they entered Texas illegally in between ports of entry.

 

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Border Crisis by the numbers: in January agents seize 500lbs drugs and 70 criminals with outstanding warrants

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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.

Additionally, the agency apprehended 62 people they were able to identify as having outstanding arrest warrants. Among the criminals were sex offenders.

The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.

There were also 32,632 known and recorded gotaways in December, meaning they were able to evade getting captured by law and immigration officials. law enforcement officers told The Center Square that despite the skyrocket high numbers, “these seizures and apprehensions represent a fraction of the amount of people and drugs being trafficked to the southern border between ports of entry.”

 

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